• Cristee Cook

On the Art Beat: Recommendations for THEATRE in D/FW in March

The theatre community in D/FW is rich, diverse, and warm. The March performance calendar reflects that with abundant opportunities to see local talent onstage at local companies. March offers classic stories, new plays, and comical mysteries. Check out Dallas Art Beat's list of can't-miss live theater in D/FW in March, and get your theater fix.

Cara Mia Theatre continues its performances of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros through March 8. In a series of eloquent vignettes, The House on Mango Street tells the sometimes heartbreaking, deeply joyous story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in a Chicago barrio. Esperanza tries to make sense of her place in the world while observing the lives of the women around her and decides her life is going to be different. In the fresh production, the cast will perform live, original music composed by S-Ankh Rasa. Performances are at Cara Mia Theatre’s new permanent performance space, The Latino Cultural Center, located at 2600 Live Oak in Dallas. For tickets, visit www.caramiatheatre.org or call the box office at 214-516-0706.

Second Thought Theatre begins its sixteenth season with the area premiere of Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage. Tiana Kaye Blair makes her STT directing debut with this year’s season opener. Ancient and legendary African elephant, Mlima, is struck down and his massive tusks stolen as trophies. His ghost is ever-present as the tusks change hands many times and travel the world from Kenya, to Vietnam, to Beijing. Set against the backdrop of the black-market ivory trade, and written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Lynn Nottage (Sweat; Ruined), Mlima’s Tale explores complex questions of global consumerism, ancestral history, and human greed. Mlima’s Tale has performances through March 14, 2020. Second Thought Theater offers “pay what you can” performances on Mondays at 7:30pm, with full price tickets on Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm. Visit www.secondthoughttheatre.com for more.

Pegasus Theatre is serving up a new story by Founder Kurt Kleinmann in March. A Critical Case of Murder! Presented in RadioVizion™ (Written by Kurt Kleinmann, Adapted by John Harvey, and Directed by Raymond Banda) will perform March 12 – 28 at Lochwood Branch Library Theater. In A Critical Case of Murder! someone is murdering the theater critics in town one by one. Lt. Foster has summoned his suspects to police headquarters along with the two surviving theater critics. It appears he’s in command of the situation until Harry Hunsacker enters the scene and gums up the works. RadioVizion™ is an alternative technique devised by Pegasus Theatre for the presentation of the Living Black & White™ series of Harry Hunsacker adventures. RadioVizion™ does not employ the trade-secret makeup but instead focuses on evoking the experience and glamour of being in a live radio studio of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm. For tickets, visit pegasustheater.com, or call the box office at 214-821-6005.

New plays are blooming this Spring in Dallas, and you can catch them at Echo Theatre and Imprint Theatreworks in March. First Impressions, a festival for local playwrights is a 4-day new play festival brought to us by Imprint Theatreworks. Beginning Wednesday, March 4, enjoy staged readings from nine local playwrights, nine women directors, and a ton of local talent. At the Stone Cottage in Addison, performances begin daily at 6:30 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://imprinttheatreworks.org.

Echo Theatre is offering their March installment of the Echo Reads program. A free theatre experience, the original pieces by local playwrights are lightly rehearsed with local directors and actors and include a talk-back discussion after the staged readings. This month’s reading is Do No Harm by Anyika McMillan Herod on March 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm. Co-produced with Soul Rep Theatre Company, the reading on March 17 will be located at the Lockwood Branch Library Theater, and the March 18th reading will be located at The African American Museum in Dallas. Do No Harm takes place in the mid-1800s and tells the story of Dr. John Simms—the “father of modern gynecology”— who conducted a series of gruesome medical experiments on three enslaved women: Betsey, Anarcha, and Lucy. The play imagines what their lives were like during those experiments, giving a voice to unheard women of the past. A harrowing tale of faith, found family, and a dark reminder of who we sacrificed in the name of science. Anyika McMillan-Herod is a Dallas-based, African American playwright and the Co-Founder of Soul Rep Theatre Company. For more information and location information, visit https://www.echotheatre.org.

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